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  1. hi! i recently got a gold nugget pleco, and i wanted to feed it a natural(ish) diet to keep the pleco well fed. currently he/ she is eating hikari pleco wafers but any idea how i can culture periplankton for food, or any recipes for diy gel food? thanks!
  2. Starting out with some plecos. Just a bunch in a 55 gallon with some platties. A short video. Other plecos in the house are super reds and some king tigers (very shy).
  3. Would love to add one of these beauties, Can they thrive in cooler temperatures 74-75 degrees?
  4. Hey! Question 1 I can't have a fish room inside, as we're renting and don't have permission for anything but nano tanks. I'm planning on getting a tub to breed something like madaka ricefish in. I've been reading The Tub Pond Handbook by Ted Coletti - he doesn't really recommend airstones or sponge filters, but I think I'd feel better with that. I don't have any outside plugs, and would have to run an extension cord in order to have an airpump, is air worth it to jury-rig something? Someone posted how they macgyvered a solar panel to a USB pump, but the more I ponder on that I'm not sure I can do it since I'm planning on my tubs getting only morning sun. Question 2 I'm really interested in breeding plecos - I think they're a super fun fish, but I don't know if they can breed in tubs outside. All the videos I've seen are inside tanks, so I'm not sure conditions outside are for this species. Recommendations? Any general recommendations for breeding fish in tubs is appreciated. I've re-watched a lot of videos by Ryo Watanabe and anytime Cory and Dean mention tubs in their videos. I live in Utah, we're getting record drought and beating heat records already, so if there are tips to stay water-wise, I'd appreciate it.
  5. As has happened before my Super Red Bristlenose plecos have kicked the eggs out of their cave, so the kicked out eggs have been moved to an external breeder box to finish maturing. I've got about fifty eggs in this batch and papa pleco is already guarding a new clutch of eggs in the cave, so I guess he decided these were mature enough to survive on their own outside the cave. The eggs are pretty far along as you can see the backbone and fairly well developed babies in the eggs. They're probably a day or two from hatching. They've got six caves in the tank but really like one more than the rest and always seem to breed in that one. I'm guessing another male dispossessed the male that was in there and tossed his eggs out and then brought in his lady friend to lay fresh eggs. Not a big deal. The eggs are in good shape and should hatch in the external breeder box and I'll raise them there until they're big enough to rejoin the group. These guys are so easy to breed and so prolific that I truly wonder why their prices are so high. Out of the fiftyish eggs, I should get 30+ plecos, maybe more. This is probably the fifth breeding of this colony since April. Most of the time I just leave the babies in the tank and the swordtails pick off most of the young fry as I don't need a gazillion of them, but these will get raised externally. I've got 30+ of the Super Red Bristlenose plecos in my 50 gallon tank and two or three in most of my other tanks. Local pet shops sell them for $30-$40 each which is kind of crazy given how prolific and easy to raise they are. The parents are from catfishtown on eBay. I got them August 2019 and they started breeding in April 2020. I'd like to get a breeding colony in each of my tanks. They're a pretty neat little fish.
  6. I will cut to the chase. How do you deal with all the waste a pleco produces? When I was treating my tank for ich, I actually sort of enjoyed it because the daily water changes meant I could gravel val and clean up the poop for the day. There is lots of poop. Maybe I am putting the blame on the plecos when it's a combination of everyone in the tank (but the poop all looks like it came from the pleco who leaves droppings in all his favorite places to hang out). But goodness gracious me, there is so much poop. My 29 gallon tank with more fish doesn't look this poopy between my weekly water changes. This 75 looks very poopy and I last gravel vaccd on Wednesday. If there a trick to dealing with it? Or am I just going to have to let go and deal with it?
  7. can regular bristlenose plecos breed with albino bristlenose plecos? thanks!
  8. Title asks it all. Is this ich on my fish? Pictures are from today and Tuesday. I am devastated. I obviously can't take back my pleco if I have ich-y fish so that puts a wrench in things. I think I spotted a couple of white dots on the pleco too. Can I treat my entire 75 gallon tank? I just have two acaras, two ropefish, and the one pleco.
  9. I think I have made a poor decision. This past Saturday I went to a store three hours from where I live to buy 2 rope fish. While there I expressed that I wanted to get some other fish to go in the tank, especially an algae eater. The guy at the store recommended a pleco for me. I told him what size my tank was (75g) and he showed me this very handsome sailfin marbled pleco. He told me it would get to be 8-10" so I said sure. This guy knows what he's talking about. I decided I would buy repashy for him after reading corys article about plecos and how they really won't thrive on algae and algae wafers alone but made the solid point to find out what specifically my type of pleco eats. I never found out because the first thing I saw on the first page I looked at was "max length 1 foot 6 inches". Excuse me what? I checked other pages. 18 inches? These guys get almost double the length I was told and they need probably 100, 125 gallon tank. What! I don't think my house (husband) can handle another even larger tank to support that size. Do I return this fish? I don't want this guy to be miserable and stressed because he isn't in a large enough enclosure. If I *do* return him, how do I transport him comfortably for a three hour ride back to the store? Thanks everyone
  10. Hi Need some help. I have about 30 pleco fry (a week since I removed from their dad and cave) in a Ziss EZ Breeder Box BL-3 (purchased from COOP). Love it. Unfortunately EZ Breeder is not in tank I want to use to raise fry. I tried to transfer them with a net but they are attached to walls on breeder and won't cooperate. Any ideas? I watched a video on YouTube that suggested using a turkey baster (also purchased from COOP and useful for cleanup). Afraid I'd hurt fry using baster. Frustrated. Vince
  11. I went by my LFS for my normal trip for restocking water treatments, frozen-foods, and other supplies and this beauty caught my eye.
  12. We went a little overboard at the LFS yesterday (I'm hoping to post pictures soon). We got two albino bristlenose plecos among other new friends. I already have soilent green, Wondering which repashy food with the pleco on the cover I should get. lol. (Ideally, it would be something that would be good for the plecos and that I ciould feed to habrosus corydoras.) We will also be providing drift wood and cholla wood for the plecos.
  13. What are the effects of carpeting an aquarium on corydoras, bristlenose plecos and kuhli loaches?
  14. Major ammonia issue. A week ago, Wednesday, a kid I was babysitting overnight tossed about 1/4 cup of baby brine shrimp (which may of been dead as I was planning on tossing them) into 2 of my tanks. I found out Thursday when it spiked presumably from die off. 1 tank has 7 juvenile Lemon BNs & 5 Ember tetras The 2nd tank has 2 juvenile L333 2.5", 5 young phantom tetra, 2 German rams and 3 rescued oto. Since then both tanks got a 50% wc initially and have been doing 20-30% almost daily plus Prime daily. I've also added Pristine or Fritz bacteria on wc . I'm not seeing much of a difference yet. Ammonia still around 2-4 in both tanks.. I've removed rocks vacuuming under them, tap rinsed my sponges & intake on the HOBs. Added a 2nd sponge into the Bn tank too. Sunday, I noticed ich spots on 2 bn and an ember. I've focused on the ich issue in that tank entirely and continued daily wc. Luckily the other tank is ich free and also has had daily 25% changes. Other levels nitrite 0, nitrate 5, Ph 6.6 I'm mentally exhausted on what else to do. (On the bright side ich is clearing up.)
  15. I moved my common pleco to a larger tank four weeks ago. He was alone before for a long time. He occasionally did some fast turning in the past but not a lot of flopping around. Now he's smacking the lid of the tank many times a day. He never did this before. The other tank had a black hood, this has a glass flat lid. Our water is very soft (I will address that shortly) but the other numbers are good. He sticks to the glass sometimes, as usual, but also does that leap face-first straight up. He used to come to the surface when I dropped in some flakes, but no longer does this. He sometimes grabbed his algae wafers and carried them around eating them, but does not do this now. I add a pinch of flake in the morning and give him his wafer at night. His companions now are three mollies. Is this normal? Was his generally placid behavior in the past NOT normal? I've had this guy for maybe eight years. I'm concerned. Also on edge bc his leaping is startling me.
  16. Hello, just looking for a little insight on a rather unusual question. Everyday during my afternoon feeding I check my l333 , supers reds and l494 caves for eggs. Well today while doing the checks. I shined my light in on a 494 cave and wouldn't you know it I just interrupted a trapping. Needless to say I think I spoiled the whole event because I checked back later and the female was out of the cave and male was still in it without any eggs. Now to my questions A. Will they attempt again in the next 24/48 hours or is it completely random? B. I was under the impression they always spawned at night, granted I keep that tank fairly dim. But other tank lights and such make the fish visible. I’m curious because I’ve never caught any of my plecos in the act and now I’m going to be far more carful with lighting them up.
  17. Discovered this easy way to check progress on plecos w/ich and make sure they boost their immune system w/food. I've kept an island of floating driftwood in the pleco tank. During the ich outbreak I noticed the plecos with ich hanging out on it, all the time, presumably for current and O2. Only those with ich were on the island It's definitely making it easier to check their progress, instead of wondering/searching. Yesterday a piece of zucchini had floated up and I spied one of them munching on it so I decided to offer them something today. I figured I'd share this as an idea of how to determine who is sick, check progress, and perhaps spoil them a smidgen 😀 Not sure this will work for everyone but, it's worth a shot 😉
  18. I have what I have been told is a rubber nose/rubber lip pleco. Since it was my understanding they were vegetarian I purchased algea pellets for him. He ignores the algea pellets (even crawling over them) to get to the Cordy's food (ground feeding fish food) and eats that instead. Is that ok?
  19. Hi! just wanted to see if anyone had any thoughts or experience with a Some of fish I’ve been interested in but haven’t been able to definitively answer some questions from just online searching. Please feel free to chime in about notable behaviors or experiences unrelated to the questions 🙂 blue neon goby- how important is high water flow? I know many of the high water flow species can do well in slower waters as long as oxygen levels are high so was hoping these would be similar. Butterfly Gobies- I see they are actually wasp fish but they have been listed as fresh water on many online sights. But most people keep them in brackish or even marine from what I’ve seen on YouTube. Is this the best way of doing so? And when do you know you should transition the fish into brackish if it came in freshwater? South American Green darter tetras- these look awesome and just found out about them so wanted to know if anyone breeds them or has found how they do in smaller groups rather than large as they’re quite expensive Pom Pom crabs- has anyone gotten to live longer than a year :/? Also would be interested in getting a few for my girlfriends 5.5gal solo act betta tank that’s decently planted but am concerned they’d get their Pom poms nipped off. It is a female betta who has not interacted with anything but snails yet. rhino pleco- can’t seem to find a definitive size range, see anything from 6”-11” and don’t know what to believe. Does anyone have an adult they’ve had for awhile now or now for sure? sorry for long post, can’t wait to Hopefully read some responses :)!
  20. I’m new to fish keeping and currently have one aquarium with guppies. I am interested in breeding bristlenose and would like to set up my second tank to do so. It is a 20 tall and currently has 4 plants and a couple mystery snails in it while I finalize what to stock it with. Everything I have read/heard says that bristlenose should be kept no higher then 7.8ph, especially when trying to breed them. My water out of the tap has a PH of 8.5 and GH of 300. I’m concerned that any bristlenose I bring in will will either a) not survive or b) not thrive and breed. I’m looking for input on whether or not this could work with my water conditions or would the bristlenose fall apart and not thrive?
  21. I have a pair of L134 leopard Frog pleco and am interested in breeding them. I have a 20 long community tank with what I think is close to optimal circumstances. I feed the tank a large variety of food. extreme krill, hikari carnivore pellets, baby brine shrimp, blood worms, extreme community and sera flake food.(the love it all! but the pair hardly even notice each other? I think the only time I saw them interact was one day I saw one go into a cave that he thought was empty and it wasn't then he got out quick. Should i just keep on doing what I'm doing and cross my fingers or do i have to be deliberate with a plan? i got the pair in December and the water is at 82 degrees.
  22. Hello, today one pleco is white, I dont why. He was fine yesterday. His moving and eating fine. I did a water change 2 days ago. I had them for about 3 months now.
  23. I purchased 3 L205 Peckoltia sp about a week ago, they are currently in a 65L about 16G qt tank alone. They deveoped white spots 2 days ago (probably before but they are spotted and it was hard to see at first). I raised the temp to 28c about 82f and added approximately 1tbsp per 3G of aquarium salt. Today I noticed similar little white spots on the spider wood in the tank (see picture) made me think it may be something else. I'm sure the spots weren't on the wood yesterday. Ph 6.7 Kh/Gh 0 Nitrate 0 Nitrite/Ammonia 0
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